Best Up-and-Coming Hotels 2012
Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata, Italy
Francis Ford Coppola’s new Palazzo Margherita, a nine-room estate in his grandfather’s birthplace, is as personal as it comes (his daughter, Sofia, married here in 2011). That makes it a perfect fit for T+L readers, who gravitate toward family-owned retreats in Italy. Inside, French designer Jacques Grange fashioned the 19th-century palazzo into an idyll of inlaid herringbone floors and hand-painted Moorish ceilings, with rambling gardens surrounding the property. Guests can get a taste of the area’s local charms in the screening room—stocked with 300 classic Italian films—and in the eat-in kitchen, where chefs lead classes in regional Lucania cuisine.
From $430 per night; palazzomargherita.com.